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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 21, 2011 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

Sometimes we live no
particular way but our own
Sometimes we visit your country
and live in your home
Sometimes we ride on your horses
Sometimes we walk alone
Sometimes the songs that we hear
are just songs of our own

Doesn't seem that opaque to me. 'We' is anyone, you, me, the Grateful Dead, who interacts in any way with anyone else. Sometimes we do our own thing, sometimes we take a journey (which may not simply involve distance) to share in someone else's way of doing things, and sometimes we come to recognize the common ground between us.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jan 21, 2011 1:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

Your words made sense as they always do. I guess I had a block about it for some reason because I didn't get that from the lyrics. Thanks for the insightful clarification. I guess that was an instance where I was really walking alone.

Thanks for riding my horses.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 21, 2011 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

You're most welcome. Thank you for lending me your fine horses.

:-)

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 21, 2011 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

>sometimes we come to recognize the common ground between us

Or not :)

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 21, 2011 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

Very succinctly put Rob.

One interesting thing (for me anyway) is the shifts in viewpoint of these lyrics - from a first person's musings on a sweet summer day, to a sort of narrator with a redeemer "fable", and lastly to a third person "we" traveling through memories and thoughts. Deeply personal, yet universal too.

One of the happiest, most carefree and beautiful songs from Hunter/Garcia.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 21, 2011 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

I see it something like this. The song begins with restlessness, the nagging feeling in your soul that just being comfortable in your 'lazy summer home' isn't enough and that there's something more out there, if only you had 'wings a mile long' to reach it.

The second verse is about trying and failing to find answers that will last. It's about cycles of birth and death, renewal and decay, promises and betrayals, and the fact that the changes never end - there's always going to be a new turn of the cycle coming 'close on the heels' of the last one.

Finally, acceptance of change is found in recognizing that the Wheel doesn't turn for you alone, others have something that you can share in, and you have something to give in return. And we're all, though we might not always know it, singing the same song as we spin round one more time.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jan 21, 2011 2:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

"Finally, acceptance of change is found in recognizing that the Wheel doesn't turn for you alone, others have something that you can share in, and you have something to give in return..."

Well put, rob! I may just have a slight disagreement on the next sentence, depending on what you take "our own" to mean.

"And we're all, though we might not always know it, singing the same song as we spin round one more time."

The lyrics say sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own. I infer that Hunter is saying to accept each individuals way of doing things. That it's okay that what you believe/do is not the same as someone else but not to make a big deal out of it.

Of course when I think about this a little deeper, I have to come round to your point of view in saying that the sum of all these viewpoints, all of our songs, is ultimately harmonious and the song we all sing is "our own" as in of the human kind, of this Earth, and of this Cosmos and that separation is illusion.

All eyes are the "Eyes of the World" regardless of whether they agree with your or not, whether they kill or make love, or whatever.

Always loved these lyrics since I first heard them.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 21, 2011 2:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

It doesn't look like we disagree at all. I think you're right to say that Hunter sees that we're all individuals, but he's also saying that we share a common humanity. We might put different words to the song but the melody is the same and we can all sing together in our different voices.

Maybe keeping your eyes and ears open to experience is something of a theme of Hunter's:

'Once in a while
you get shown the light
in the strangest of places
if you look at it right'

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jan 21, 2011 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What;'s with Eyes of the World?

You are right, we do not disagree at all in our overall understanding, I just thought the emphasis in the last verse was on our individuality rather than the common thread, which you so beautifully expressed. Oh man, I am just nit-picking.

Thank you for these quotes. You have a way with words, and I'm glad that helps you pay the bills.

"We might put different words to the song but the melody is the same and we can all sing together in our different voices."

"acceptance of change is found in recognizing that the Wheel doesn't turn for you alone, others have something that you can share in, and you have something to give in return. And we're all, though we might not always know it, singing the same song as we spin round one more time."

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